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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hollingsworth, Charles Dale
Author's Email Address cholli6@lsu.edu
URN etd-04152005-085655
Title Martin Heidegger's Phenomenology and the Science of Mind
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Philosophy & Religious Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gregory Schufreider Committee Chair
Francois Raffoul Committee Member
Jon Cogburn Committee Member
Keywords
  • phenomenology
  • cognitive science
  • heidegger
Date of Defense 2005-04-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Phenomenology and cognitive science present two very different ways of looking at mental activity. Recently, however, there have been some attempts to incorporate phenomenological insights and methods into cognitive science, drawing especially on the works of Martin Heidegger. The purpose of this thesis is to determine if a useful combination of cognitive science with Heidegger’s phenomenology is possible, and to determine the form such a combination might take.

This thesis begins with a brief overview of the field of cognitive science, and of some of the problems within the field that might benefit from a phenomenological analysis. It then reviews Winograd and Flores’ attempt to rethink cognitive science in Heideggerean terms. Next, Heidegger’s work is analyzed in order to see how scientific experimentation is viewed in his phenomenology. Finally, this thesis argues that any useful attempt at reconciling cognitive science and phenomenology must start from a phenomenological, rather than a scientific, standpoint.

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